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Canyon

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1)From the Gern Blandsten Records website;

Seems like more and more artists these days are getting back in touch with the delicate and often overlooked art of songwriting, realizing that sonic arson and unrelenting esotericism don’t necessarily equal quality. Yes, that’s a good thing. The members of the DC quintet CANYON are of this mindset, creating delicate and introspective modern folk pieces that seek to harness the vast emotional power of their instruments. CANYON is a great name for this group: their music is dusty, earthy, vast, full of wind and shadows and secrets.

CANYON is an indie rock group — or at least has an indie rock pedigree — but clearly the group looks to the music of ’70s country & folk singer-songwriters like Townes Van Zandt, Kris Kristofferson, and the acoustic Bruce Springsteen for inspiration. The band crafts pensive, melancholy canvases with simple strokes, giving as much musical space folky instruments like lap steel, harmonica, and accordion as to their assorted guitars, eclectic percussion, and electric piano. The music is poignantly beautiful, loaded with raw emotions and empty of rock ‘n’ roll pretensions.

Says the Washington Post, “This is one of the best bands I’ve seen in the last 10 years. And I’m not just talking local. I’m talking on any and every level, they are one of the greatest bands I have ever witnessed.”

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Empty Rooms (CD/LP)
Lap steel, Hammond organ, harmonica, accordion, and psychedelic guitars are not something you tend to expect from a band based in Washington, D.C., yet the unique sound of CANYON could not have been grown anywhere else.

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  • dw8000

    one of the greatest bands! Thanks to gern blandsten

    23 Dec 2011 Reply
  • mrawjm

    Whether they reform or not, I think I'll remember them for a long time. Their first album is one of my all-time favourites. It emotionally hits the target for me.

    27 Sep 2009 Reply
  • TNeed

    Wish this band reformed, they had a great sound!

    23 Aug 2009 Reply

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